WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama plans to nominate Michael McFaul, his top adviser on Russian policy, to be the next US ambassador to Moscow, an administration official said on Sunday.
McFaul, 47, is the senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs on the White House's National Security Council staff. He would replace John Beyrle, appointed in 2008 by George W. Bush assuming Senate confirmation.
McFaul advised Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign and is said to have a strong rapport with him. He was a leading architect of the "reset" of US relations with Moscow, one of Obama's top foreign policy moves after taking office.